2015 USA Road Trip Day 14: Sacramento CA to San Francisco CA
Today was almost like a day off - I only had just over 100 miles to go before I ended up in the Pacific Ocean.
I had a couple of short stops this morning in Davis, to fill up with petrol (it's about 60% more expensive in California than in Oklahama, but still less than half of what it costs in the UK), and then to Vacaville (Cowtown?) for a quick look at the Vacaville Commons Shopping Centre.
Then a relatively short drive to the Golden Gate Bridge. I meant to go to Vista Point in Sausalito first, but I missed the turning and I ended up in Baker Beach, which was second on my list. I parked up (amazingly, free of charge) and went onto a fairly deserted beach. It was 16 C but really windy - not quite as windy as the beach in Atlantic City, but cold enough for me to require my coat. I managed to paddle my feet in the Pacific too - it wasn't too cold!
Then back to Vista Point for more photos, and back over the bridge a third time to check into my hotel, the Handlery by Union Square, nice and early at around 2.30pm. My phone, which I was using as a satnav, ran out of battery about a mile away from the hotel but I managed to memorise the rest of the route and make it in time!
The hotel itself is a very grand affair - classical music in the lift, that sort of thing - and a big change to all the lookalike chains that I have been staying in across the states. It even has an outside pool, which wasn't too cold (yes I did try it). And I made the concierge get me a kettle! I don't think that would have worked in the Comfort Inns and Best Westerns though ...
About 6pm I decided to have a walk around, so I left my hotel, cut through Union Square, carried on walking north through China Town (America's biggest, apparently) and then followed Columbus Avenue through North Beach, the Italian district. Had dinner in a small Italian place (far too many lamb chops) and then to another small Italian place where I got a decent milkshake, then carried on walking up to the corner of Columbus and Lombard to get the cable car. It was about a mile and a quarter in all, some of it up steep hills which were only second to Lincoln.
The cable car isn't a thing that takes you to the top of a mountain, it's basically a tram which you can lean off into the oncoming traffic - a bizarre thing considering how health and safety mad this country is. I did enjoy that though and also enjoyed talking to a slightly drunk Australian who was lamenting this evening's cricket and was talking to everyone who went past as he hung off the trolley as well.
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Last updated 27 February 2015 16:01
I think I'm meant to do an "About" here but I think you'd be more interested in seeing a random seagull.